Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
West Virginia University
395 Evansdale Drive, PO Box 6102
Morgantown, WV 26506-6102
Whether or not to pursue graduate study is a very personal decision. Graduate school is qualitatively different from an undergraduate program -- courses have a different emphasis, especially at advanced levels, and faculty develop into colleagues. You get to develop your creativity. Graduate degrees create different opportunities, whether in industrial research, process development, management, or academia. It is wise to consult with your faculty, and then to follow your instincts about whether graduate school is right for you.
At WVU, we provide a wide range of research and educational opportunities for graduate study. We offer M.S.E., M.S.ChE., and Ph.D. programs. Our smaller student population allows us to offer highly personalized education and allows advisors to spend more time with students. A significant portion of our research is funded by industry.
We encourage graduate students to participate in national and regional professional activities, including the annual Regional Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium and annual AIChE meetings.
The Department maintains a state-of-the-art computer lab and software. The engineering research facility provides the Department with modern wet-chemical laboratories. Research areas include biochemical and biomedical engineering, carbon products, catalysis and reaction engineering, fluidization, fuels, particle science and powder technology, polymers and composites, and semiconductor processing. Click here for an overview of our graduate programs.
The master's in chemical engineering program is built on advanced chemical engineering fundamentals. In this program, students with conduct applicable research in areas such as biomedical, bioengineering, catalysis, coal conversion, energy, fuels, materials, polymer processing, systems control, and dynamic simulation.
It should be emphasized that the Ph.D. is primarily a research degree, and therefore the research work for a doctoral dissertation should show a high order of originality on the part of the student and must offer an original contribution to the field of engineering science.
Admission to the M.S.Ch.E. program is restricted to those holding a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering or its equivalent. The M.S.E. program is available to students holding baccalaureate degrees in other fields of engineering and the physical sciences who wish to pursue a broad interdisciplinary program relevant to the major graduate areas administered by the department.
To be admitted as a regular graduate student, an applicant must have a B.S. degree and a sound record in previous college work with a minimum 3.0/4.0 cumulative grade-point average.
Applicants who cannot meet these conditions may be considered for admission in a conditional category. Students admitted with deficiencies in their undergraduate programs are required to take some chemical engineering courses as prerequisites for graduate courses. These requirements are stated as a condition for admission.
The department will consider a student's application for admission to doctoral work on the basis of the following criteria:
Students admitted will be classified as regular graduate students only. Provisional students, defined as applicants having a GPA less than 3.0/4.0, will not be admitted to the Ph.D. program.
The financial aid program for M.S. and Ph.D. candidates includes competitive fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Graduate fellowships and other awards are available on a very competitive basis. All students receiving financial aid also receive a full tuition waiver and pay only about $100 per semester, depending on individual needs. Partial and fully tuition scholarships are also available.
Appointments are usually available for the student to participate in particular research projects which may often serve as dissertation research topics. A tuition scholarship is usually included. During the academic year, research assistants devote nominally one-half of their weekly effort to the dissertation research project. More time is expected to be devoted to research during the summer.
Some teaching assistantships may be available to qualified individuals. During the academic year the student is expected to devote half-time to assisting a faculty member in a course. This is in addition to time spent on research for the graduate degree that the student is pursuing.
These are special forms of scholarship which are sponsored by industry or government agencies. Fellowships may be granted for support of specified research, or in some cases may be unrestricted.